Wednesday, 30 September 2009

ITV's 60 Minute Makeover features Japanya's Flower cart & crane kimono

One of our beautiful kimonos, the Flower cart & crane kimono, was chosen by ITV's 60 Minute Makeover to give the living room a Japanese theme.

Monday, 24 August 2009

Nemaki (lined Kimono) now available at Japanya

lined kimonolined kimono

Our kimono suppliers do not generally make nemaki (lined cotton kimono) but as over the years several of our customers have requested these we have had some nemaki specially made. Currently we stock two sizes of nemaki (to fit heights 5ft5" to just over 6ft) in an edo strip design.

Thursday, 16 April 2009

Shochikubai (Pine, bamboo, plum) yukata

Today we have introduced a new range of yukata, Shochikubai yukata, available in black, red or ivory and our three women's sizes of small (53"), medium (55") and large (57").  In Japan sho (pine), chiku (bamboo), bai (plum) are regarded as symbols of resilience. During the Japanese winter the pine and bamboo stay green and beautiful despite harsh conditions. The plum trees begin to blossom while snow is still on the ground signaling that winter is almost over and spring is on its way. It is a sign to look forward to a brighter future.

During New Year it is customary to arrange pine, bamboo and plum blossom cuttings together in a display.

* Pine: flourishes in the most inhospitable conditions, bringing beauty where no other living thing can survive.

* Bamboo: a symbol of longevity.

* Plum: symbolizing beauty and optimism during times of adversity.